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Napoleons Egyptian Campaign

/ Phil Mussell

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A timely reminder THE recent Aldershot Medal Fair had a superb collection of medals on offer, as Mark Carter’s fairs always do, however, there was one group on display that knocked all others into a cocked hat. It wasn’t on display on a dealer’s table, and it wasn’t being offered by an auctioneer...

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An Unknown Hero

/ Alyson Thomas

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All the fun of the fair Many of you will have recently attended the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS) Annual Convention in London at the end of September — but did you know that that is the last convention the OMRS are holding in the Capital, at least for the foreseeable future? For the...

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Aldershot Medal Fair Sunday November 1

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to the Aldershot show at the Prince's Hall this weekend (November 1) Preview for the early birds is at 9.30am with "main" admission at 10.30am. We'll be coming along all the way from Devon so we hope to see you there too. Always remember if there's something specific you want from...

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Shackleton's medals

/ Phil Mussell

The medals of Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, featured on the front cover of MEDAL NEWS this month, made an astonishing £585,000 when they came under the hammer at Christie's last week. the 15 medals over 12 lots smashed through their top estimates and kept on going - the CVO, OBE, British War...

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Awards to a Polar legend

/ Alyson Thomas

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Split ends THE proposed sale of renowned Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s medals at Christie’s this coming month (October 8—see News and Views page 6) has got the medal world in something of a spin. The medals that Shackleton was entitled to would make an impressive display were they all to...

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Battling Ebola

/ Alyson Thomas

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Put up or shut up THE recent 70th anniversary of VJ day celebrations, televised for all to see, reminded us once again how frail and few in number the remaining veterans of World War II actually are and we all know that come the 75th anniversary there will barely be a handful of them, or indeed...

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The OMRS Convention

/ Phil Mussell

Is coming soon! We'll be there on Sunday September 27 - as always - to launch our new MEDAL YEARBOOK 2016. This year's venue is once again the Holiday Inn, London Bloomsbury, but this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the event is to be held in the capital - as from next years...

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Awards for a Heroine

/ Alyson Thomas

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All change? AS we go to press with this issue of MEDAL NEWS (late July) so we are also working on the Medal Yearbook 2016 ready for launch at the OMRS Convention on September 27 in London. After much deliberation it is likely that this will be the last Medal Yearbook in its current form and the...

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OMSA Anyone...?

/ Phil Mussell

Once again we're looking forward to our annual "OMSA Pilgrimage" - this year's show is being held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Crown Plaza Ravinia, Dunwoody - a tried and tested venue - we went there in 2000 and 2005. Can you believe that was ten years ago...? The event is early this year taking...

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July Medal News

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the last issue of MEDAL NEWS was a JOINT One (June/July) so there's no separate issue this month (the same goes in January we have a joint December/January issue). I'm afraid it's the only way we can ever get the YEARBOOKS done (we're working on the 2016 editions of them now) so you...

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York? Already?

/ Phil Mussell

Well not quite - but it won't be long before the second of the year's two York Coin and Medal fairs is upon us. This summer's event takes place on July 17 & 18 - again at the Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse. Ever popular amongst dealers and collectors alike it is one not to miss - get those...

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Remembering Waterloo

/ Alyson Thomas

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Striking a balance A few years ago we had a back-log of articles waiting to go in MEDAL NEWS: a backlog of some 18 months. Unfortunately a number of these were of the “Uncle Bill got a trio” type which, whilst usually very well written, had a limited appeal to the wider audience. After all if...

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Outwood Anybody?

/ Phil Mussell

We don't normally do Andrew Jukes' Outwood (Wakefield show) at the Outwood Memorial Hall, Outwood, Wakefield WF1 2NE as it's a long way "up north" to commit to attending every month (it's always the first Sunday of the month) but just occasionally Andrew can squeeze us in - and he's managed to...

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Diana Birch

/ Phil Mussell

It was with great sadness that we learn of the death of Diana Birch on Wednesday May 6 following a long battle with cancer. Diana was a true "stalwart" of the medal hobby and was well known to many of us both through her own company, Savannah Publications, and also as one of the authors of the...

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Gallant gesture

/ Alyson Thomas

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Whose medal is it anyway? This month's cover story regarding the proposed sale of Les Munro's medals, and more importantly the potential for them to leave the shores of New Zealand, has once again put into sharp focus the issue of who owns what and what they are allowed to do with it. The crux of...

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Yate Medal Fair

/ Carol

John and Carol will be attending the Yate Medal Fair held at the Yate Leisure Centre, Kennedy Way, Yate BS37 4DQ on Sunday April 12. Doors open at 10.30 am (preview 9.30 am) and as well as our usual excellent range of medal books and, of course, Medal News magazine, we will have the very latest...

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Exceptional Gallantry

/ Alyson Thomas

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Breakfast in America As this issue of MEDAL NEWS goes to press spring (at least in the UK) has not yet sprung, the heating in the Token Publishing offices is still on and when five o’clock rolls around and the working day is done we go home under leaden skies—in short the summer is far from our...

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Victoria Cross Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of the Parachute Regiment has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during a raid on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province in August 2013 where he twice helped a wounded US Marine Corps captain. He is the third member of the British Forces to receive a VC for...

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Victory on the Peninsular

/ Alyson Thomas

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Medals won’t be worn The recent announcement that Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to institute a medal for those who have helped in West Africa combatting the spread of Ebola has met with mixed reactions. On the one hand there is no doubt that those who volunteered to put their own lives at...

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In memory of Abbey

/ Phil Mussell

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As many of you know our friend and colleague Abbey passed away in November following a brave fight against breast cancer. On April 26 of this year, Klara,  Abbey's best friend, and another of the Token Team, is running the London Marathon in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign and is keen to raise...

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A new medal for Ebola fighters?

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that our Government can't get enough of new medals - that's if the news is to be believed - take a look at the Telegraph website

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Dambuster at auction

/ Alyson Thomas

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For posterity With the death of John Tamplin (see News and Views) another of the “Old Guard” has left us and with his passing one of the most knowledgeable minds in medals is lost to our hobby. Fortunately for us collectors much of John’s knowledge was shared with the wider community in the form...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen In January:   GSM (Northern Ireland) South Atlantic Medal (Falklands, with rosette and MID),UN (Cyprus), LS&GC, Accumulated Campaign Service Medal. They are court mounted and named to 24428182 Harley PJ PARA. Any information to PC Caroline McCartney of Newtownards police on...

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Fair's Fair

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team regularly attend coin and medal fairs up and down the country (and abroad too). We will always update this site with the venues where we will be "stalling out" and if there's ever anything specific you'd like us to bring along for you just drop us a line, we'd be happy to help. ...

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John Tamplin

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of John Tamplin - one of the "old guard" stalwarts of the medal hobby. As an author of numerous medallic books - not least the wonderful "British Gallantry Awards" - and renowned collector, John was at the very heart of the hobby for many years...

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